Sometimes no matter how hard we study, the work just does not stick.  We have compiled a list of 7 study hacks that will help you memorise your work and ace those tests!

  1. Be the Teacher 
  2. Do Practice Tests 
  3. Listen to Music 
  4. Use Flashcards and Visuals 
  5. Handwrite your Notes
  6. Speak out Loud
  7. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat 

Be the Teacher 

A great way to test your understanding of the work is to try and teach it to someone else. 

When you teach someone else, it helps you to absorb the information quicker. It also helps you to figure out if you fully understand it or not.

If you are teaching someone the work and you cannot answer basic questions about it, then you know you need to study that part again until you can.

Do Practice Tests 

Practice makes perfect!

Look out for past papers or activities in your textbooks. Attempt to do them, under exam-like conditions, and compare your answers to the memos.

Focus on the ones you got wrong in each round until there are none left. Do the whole test again afterwards and compare your answers. If there are still answers you got wrong, repeat the process.

Listen to Music 

Listening to music while you are studying can enhance your productivity and focus levels. As well as, keep you motivated.

The music should never distract you, but rather help you concentrate.

Stay away from your normal genre or music with lyrics, rather opt for classical music instead.

Use Flashcards and Visuals

Flashcards and visuals are two great ways to memorise your work. 

Including visuals in your notes can help you to visualise the information and absorb it better. 

Some visuals you can include are:

  • Diagrams
  • Mind Maps
  • Pictures
  • Colour 
  • Tables

Flashcards are helpful when trying to remember definitions, quotes, facts or formulas. Write them on individual cards and test yourself.

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Handwrite your Notes

When you take the time to rewrite your notes by hand, you take in the information a lot better than simply reading it or typing it.

Writing it by hand actually forces you to think about what you are writing.

Studies suggest writing your notes in blue or red ink instead of black ink. Doing so improves your memory recall, giving you a better chance of remembering what you wrote.

Speak out Loud 

Your memory works better when your brain hears the information aloud, rather than you reading it in your head.

Reading your notes out loud a few times, or reading it aloud while writing your notes could help you to remember the information.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat 

Repetition can help you to memorise your work. It can take up to seven times repeating something for it to stick with us. 

To help retain the information: 

  • Write information down 4-6 times
  • Read your notes aloud several times 
  • Answer practice tests until you get every answer correct
  • Use the SQ3R study strategy 

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Kayla Preston
Date Published: 07 January 2021